Tramon Williams is a key starter on defense but now he'll return punts with Will Blackmon no longer…
The move showed up on the NFL's internal transactions wire released on Thursday afternoon, Scout.com NFL insider Adam Caplan has learned.
In March, the Packers put the first- and third-round tender on Williams, who has started 19 games over the last two seasons while intercepting nine passes. As a player who had three accrued seasons in the NFL, that tender means Williams will earn a salary of $3.043 million this season.
With the paperwork complete, the Packers are expected to try to work out a long-term extension with Williams. Assuming a new collective bargaining agreement is reached and the old free agency rules return, Williams would be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
General manager Ted Thompson, talking to Packer Report on Thursday morning for a future magazine cover story, played it typically close to the vest when asked about whether he'd like to work out a long-term deal.
"Certainly, that would be some of the things that we're thinking about," Thompson said. "I don't normally get into talking specifically about any single player, but you're always trying to figure out where you're going down the road before you get to that curve in the road. The question is how you do it because you're juggling 50-some-odd balls up in the air. You'd like to get to a point where you can make every player on your team — especially the ones that you consider core players — happy and content. Unfortunately, I think that's harder than it sounds. It's always a struggle, but certainly the Packers try to make sure we take care of our own. That's one of the reasons we're very careful about throwing money around in free agency, because you want to make sure you take care of your own guys first."
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